Eyewitness (1981)

R  |   |  Romance, Thriller  |  13 February 1981 (USA)
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Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryll Deever
Tony Sokolow
Aldo Mercer
Irene Worth ...
Mrs. Sokolow
Mr. Deever
Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ...
Mr. Sokolow
Lieutenant Jacobs
Lieutenant Black
Mrs. Eunice Deever
Sharon Chatten ...
Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
Mr. Long, International Trading Ltd. / Murder Victim
Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto ...
Vietnamese Man #1


Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Only the best murder cases make the six o'clock news. See more »


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Release Date:

13 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,493,715 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


The basement where Deever, William Hurt, works and which plays a vital part in the film, was shot on a set built by production designer Philip Rosenberg at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. See more »


There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »


Lt. Jacobs: Whoever killed Long is a hero in my book.
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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Two apparently independent plots.
10 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are few films which boast such a first-rate cast:Christopher Plummer,Morgan Freeman ,Sigourney Weaver,James Woods ..And like in Hitchcock's "family plot" (1975),there are two apparently independent plots:on one hand,a shady business man's murder and a Vietnam veteran who becomes a janitor in the same building;on the other hand, a network which helps the Jews immigrate into the US.A fine thread connects the two stories:Weaver is the daughter of Jews who belong to this network and the fiancée (?) of one of them;and she's also a TV reporter who covers the affair I mention above;and she is also the janitor's idol.and...

When,after after almost one hour,the two plots become one,they do not hang well together(in Hitchcock's "family plot" ,the connection was very smart:a simple movement of the camera followed Karen Black ).And in spite of two spectacular scenes ,the rabid dog,and the horses which give the movie a fantastic touch,the story is at once implausible and predictable .Also handicapped by pointless minor characters such as Woods' sister and Hurt's father.This film does not rank among Peter Yates 'best.

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